A’s squander their big lead

2017-11-07 06:00
Lee Marks of Athlone A’s waits for a return ball as Michael Scritten of VOB slides safely during their major league baseball match at Chukker Road sports field on Saturday. PHOTO: Peter Heeger/ Gallo Images

Lee Marks of Athlone A’s waits for a return ball as Michael Scritten of VOB slides safely during their major league baseball match at Chukker Road sports field on Saturday. PHOTO: Peter Heeger/ Gallo Images

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The VOB Macaws fought back from 6-0 down to score runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings to secure a 11-8 victory against Athlone A’s – their second of the Baseball Association Western Province major league season.

Dean Jacobs, first pitcher of the A’s, started with two strikeouts (1.2 innings, three hits, six runs, four walks, two hits by pitch and two strikeouts).

In the middle of the game was the gap VOB required to start their victory march. Even experienced campaigner Carl Michaels (three innings, four hits, five runs, two walks and two strikeouts) could not stop VOB’s momentum.

This all after youngster Cameron Fortuin (3.1 innings, a hit, no runs, three walks and seven strikeouts) gave A’s a pretty good start.

Another experienced campaigner, Paul Bell (4/4), and comeback player Jody Burch (2/5), who both batted in three runs, were the catalyst for VOB’s comeback.

This combined with Jayde Thorne minimising A’s ability to score consistent runs. Thorne (4.2 innings, six hits, two runs, two walks and six strikeouts) came on in the fifth inning when starter Michael Scritten (4.1 innings, four hits, six runs, four walks, two hits by pitch and three strikeouts) ran into difficulty in the fifth inning.

The best hitters for the A’s were Dillan Daniels (4/5) and PJ Abrahams (2/3).

A’s had ten hits, left ten runners on base and made four errors. VOB had eight hits, left seven runners on base and made one error.

Consistent hitting by Keenan Clarke (3/4), with four runs batted in, and Kyle Botha (3/5), with three runs batted in, helped Bothasig Knights to inflict a 17-5 defeat for Grassy Park Crusaders – their first this season.

Bothasig amassed fourteen hits off the combined pitching of Brent Fransman, Jarrod Williams and Ashwin Kleintjies in seven innings.

Besides the first inning, Bothasig scored in every inning. Crusaders managed to score one run in the fourth and two runs in the seventh inning.

Darryn Smith threw the first five innings after which DJ Stark closed out the last two to keep Bothasig unbeaten.

Another unbeaten team, Bellville Tygers, travelled to Maitland Giants and secured a 11-1 win in seven innings.

Westridge Yankees beat Durbanville Villans 10-2 in Westridge to secure their third win of the season.

Helderberg Pirates forfeited their game to Van der Stel as a team member got married on Saturday with seven first team players attending the wedding.

After five rounds Bothasig Knights and Bellville Tygers remain unbeaten on ten points, followed by Grassy Park Crusaders on eight points. Westridge Yankees have six points, followed by VOB Macaws and Van der Stel on four points. Athlone A’s, Durbanville Villans and Helderberg Pirates are at the bottom with two points each.

This weekend’s fixtures in the major league see Athlone A’s hosting Van der Stel and Maitland Giants hosting Westridge Yankees. Grassy Park Crusaders travel to Bellville Tygers, VOB Macaws travel to Durbanville Villans and Helderberg Pirates travel to Bothasig Knights.

Promotion leagueIn the promotion league Battswood edged out rivals Thistle 9-7. League leaders Milnerton Mavericks beat Bothasig Thirds 14-3.

This weekend’s fixtures in the promotion league will see a top-of-the-table clash between host and league leaders Milnerton Mavericks and Battswood and Thistle host Devonshire Rovers. Bothasig Thirds are on a bye.

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